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Veterans' Hambrick battles to fifth-place finish at state
by DON MONCRIEF, Patriot Sports Editor
Feb 20, 2012 | 466 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Willie Hambrick of Veterans finished fifth at the 2011-2012 GHSA Traditional Wrestling Tournament held this past weekend at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Hambrick, at 152 pounds, didn’t start off well but he was just getting started. He lost the opening match to Damian Schofield of Stone Mountain.

That put him in the loser’s bracket – the highest he could finish at that point was third.

He beat Turner Martin of Carrollton and then Jamal Mitchell of Shaw.

Next up was Brady Hart of Lafayette. Hambrick fell. Hart went on to capture third while Hambrick wrestled and beat Sam Osakue of Eagle’s Landing for his fifth-place finish.

Fellow Warhawks Stephen Kelly and Cody Walters would have taken that. They both lost in the first round as well. Walters, at 195, won his next in the consolation bracket, beating Max Willsey of Woodway, but then was eliminated by Dylan Brock of Chestatee. And oh by the way, the guy Walters lost to in the opening round, Jordan Watkins of Cedartown, went on to become state champ.

Kelly, at 182 pounds lost to Cody Well of Allatoona and then lost to Andrew Posten of White County and was eliminated.

For Perry, Chase Benefield at 160 pounds lost to Joey Ray of Gilmer and then fell to Deunte Mosley of Stone Mountain and was eliminated. Matthew Long at 285 fell to Will Morris of Central, Carroll in his opener. He then beat Dustin Young of Monroe but lost to Shawanya Lawrence of Eagle’s Landing.

For Northside, Curtis Askew at 170 lost to Dylan Parker of Ola and Cameron Parker of South Paulding. Diego Smith at 285 lost to James Ellison – Ellison lost in the finals – won over Taylor Howard but then fell to Michael Barday of North Paulding.

And finally, Trey Cranford for Warner Robins lost to Anddrea Stefan of Effingham County and then Cory Alexander of Lovejoy to be eliminated from the 152-pound competitors.

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